Committee holds session on maritime economics, law and security
The House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee will take evidence from academic experts on maritime law and security, and the maritime economy.
The Committee will ask questions on maritime security, human rights at sea and regulation of the economic uses of the sea and seabed.
- To what extent is the international law of the sea able to respond to new and emerging challenges and threats? Is there a need for new regulations? If yes, what should they be?
- What are the challenges to the effective implementation of human rights at sea? What enforcement mechanisms exist (or are needed) to pursue infringements of human rights law at sea?
- To what extent do the existing international legal frameworks for maritime security, including UNCLOS, account for the use of Maritime Autonomous Vehicles (MAVs) by both states and non-state actors?
- What are the challenges to the submarine cables?
- What are the consequences of illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, and how well are these challenges addressed by states and international law? Who are the ‘serial’ offenders, and are there any mechanisms currently able to tackle them?
- What are the new and emerging economic uses of the sea? How well does the current law of the sea deal with them? Might these new uses of the sea require new forms of regulation?